Boston – The City of Boston, TLee Development, MassHousing, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, local elected officials, and residents recently celebrated the grand opening of Dot Crossing, a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development with first floor retail space tailored to the neighborhood.
The new building created 29 new apartments on an underutilized parcel at 1463 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester, with 25 workforce housing units and four affordable units. The 29 apartments will be affordable to households earning up to 90% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
The affordable, 1,200sf of first-floor commercial space is currently being built out for the Words as Worlds bookstore, which has a rent restriction grant from the City of Boston’s Affordable Commercial Assistance Fund through the Mayor’s Office of Housing to subsidize its rent for seven years.
“The City of Boston is proud to have worked with all of our partners and residents here today on the new Dot Crossing Development,” said Chief of Housing Sheila Dillon. “Where there was once an underutilized lot, we have created a new transit-oriented, mixed-use development with 29 income-restricted apartments and a new bookstore – Words as Worlds. Congratulations to the new residents of Fields Corner and best of luck to the new bookstore.”
This new transit-oriented, 5-story development, created by TLee Development, is made possible in part with financing from the City of Boston, MassHousing, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation’s (MHIC) Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, developer equity, and the 81 neighborhood investors who contributed a total of $142,500 to gain equity in the development.
The new building features small-unit housing built under the City of Boston’s Compact Living Pilot. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a co-sponsor of HNEF, screened Dot Crossing with HealthScore, a proprietary tool developed by CLF, to ensure that this new transit-oriented housing is equitable, and climate-smart and energy efficient to promote both resident, community and environmental health.
The new building is in proximity to the MBTA Red Line, MBTA bus stations and Dorchester Parks. The Fields Corner Main Streets District includes destinations for nightlife, diverse culinary options, and boutique shopping. Amenities within the building include an elevator for enhanced accessibility, central air conditioning, a community area on the first floor, a 24-hour fitness facility, a shared laundry room and a courtyard with green space and a grilling area for residents.
The general contractor was MCR Construction, Inc.; the architect was J. Garland Enterprises; and the management agent is TLee Property Management.